Jesse Lingard was given a chance to impress boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer during Manchester United’s 3-0 Carabao Cup win over Luton Town and but the head coach was coy over his midfielder’s future after the final whistle.
United laboured into a 1-0 lead as Juan Mata netted a penalty on the stroke of half-time after Brandon Williams was fouled.
Luton were pushing for a way back into the game and would have drawn level had debutant Dean Henderson not made a world-class save which was followed by Eric Bailly’s goal-line clearance.
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Mason Greenwood, Marcus Rashford and Bruno Fernandes were introduced from the bench with just minutes remaining and they killed off their Championship hosts.
Rashford cooly slotted home his side’s second of the match before Greenwood cut in from the right and found the bottom corner.
Lingard set up a few decent chances for his team-mates early on but the difference between himself and the late substitutes was evident.
One of Solskjaer’s biggest decisions this season is whether to keep faith with goalkeeper David De Gea or promote Dean Henderson to the No 1 spot.
Henderson impressed on his debut but his boss wants to see these performances more often.
Solskajer said: “Well, going through is the big thing. There are some positives, the keeper [Dean Henderson] does his job, we scored some nice goals towards the end, apart from that it was a good workout.
“Well, going through is the big thing. There are some positives, the keeper [Dean Henderson] does his job, we scored some nice goals towards the end, apart from that it was a good workout.
“That is probably the job our keepers sometimes have to do, you have to make saves when needed and David [de Gea] has done that for years and Dean did that today.”
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